It’s 2015, but a member of Tiger Woods’ gallery is living well in the past.
After Woods hit his tee shot at the par-3 seventh hole in Round 1 of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday, a tournament patron yelled “Fried chicken!” at the former world No. 1. Clearly, it’s a racial epithet.
Fuzzy Zoeller came under fire after Woods won the Masters in 1997 when he suggested the new champion would serve a menu of food stereotypically preferred by blacks.
“Pat him on the back, say congratulations, enjoy it,” Zoeller said. “And tell him not to serve fried chicken next year …. or collared greens or whatever the hell they serve.”
In May 2013, Sergio Garcia made a similar allusion when speaking about Woods at a European Tour gala ahead of their flagship BMW PGA Championship in England. Garcia, who blamed Woods for distracting him when paired together during the 2013 Players Championship that Woods won earlier in the month, was asked if he would invite to his house for dinner at the U.S. Open in June.
Garcia replied, “We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”
The Spaniard apologized for the comment but drew heavy criticism for the remark.
What the patron said was wrong and hopefully they were booted from TPC Scottsdale.